Laura Conway, inducted 2017
|Swimmer Laura Conway is the second youngest person ever chosen for induction into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame. Only Chris Hatcher, who went in to the Hall in 2001, was younger. Conway is the most decorated swimmer in Macon history. While still in high school at Central, where she was a three-time scholastic All-American, Conway qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 800-meter freestyle. She also qualified for the Spring Senior Nationals and Charlotte Ultra Swim, two of the biggest meets in swimming. In 2002, she won the 500-yard freestyle at the Georgia state USS meet and also claimed the top prize in the Charlotte Ultra Swim in the 800-meter freestyle. She earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Georgia and continued her success in Athens. She was a five-time All American for the Bulldogs. She won the SEC championship in the 500-yard freestyle and also took the top spot in that same event in the 2006 NCAA Division I national championships. Conway earned a place on the United States national team, the only Maconite to ever accomplish that feat. She had a second-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. nationals that qualified her for the U.S. Team at the World Championships in 2005. At that event held in Montreal, she had a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle. She qualified for the U.S. national team for the University Game in 2006 but made the decision to retire.|
Joe Dupree holds the distinction of being the only football player to start a game at quarterback at both the University of Georgia and at Georgia Southern. Following a banner All State high school career at Southwest High School where he passed for more than 33 hundred yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,809 yards and 22 touchdowns in three season, he signed a football scholarship with Georgia where he spent wo season before transferring to Southern. He played in five games with the Bulldogs. At Southern Joe was a three year letter winner for the Eagles helping lead them to a Southern Conference Championship and an NCAA Division I AA playoff berth.
His statistics at Southern show 951 yards rushing and 11 touuchdowns and 914 yards passing and 7 touchdowns.
Joe got into the coaching ranks in 2000 starting at Twiggs County High School as an assistant. He also worked as an assistant in football and head boys basketball coach at Rutland from 2003 until 2005 and at Westside High School from 2005 until 2012. He got his first head coach job at Henry County in McDonough in 2012 and after one season there returned to Macon at Southwest High School where he serves at Head Football Coach and Athletics Director.(more)
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